ASHLAND - Dustin Wilson Leroy Clark, nearly 22, passed away in the early morning hours March 25, 2012, at a Bangor hospital. Dustin was born May 16, 1990, in Presque Isle, to Jeffery and Michelle (Howes) Clark. He was born with the rare inherited metabolic disorder, nonketotic hyperglycinemia. Jeff and Michelle were told he would never live let alone walk, feed himself, ride a bike or drive his own tractor. He proved all the doctors wrong over and over again by doing all of these things up until the day he died. Dustin was a proud uncle to his two nephews and sole niece. He was an outdoorsman - always snow sledding, four-wheeling and clearing trails with his family. He enjoyed riding his bike just to slam on the brakes and make marks in the dirt, and driving his tractor after moose or taking off fast to see what his tracks looked like. He had a great sense of humor, always teasing and acting silly. He enjoyed music and liked to dance. "Dusti," as people close to him called him, always had a smile on his face. Dustin is survived by his mother, Michelle Clark and father, Jeffery Clark, of Garfield Plantation; older brother, Dennis Clark of Ashland and his two sons, Zachary and Austin Clark; older sister, Danielle Rae Clark and her significant other, Joey Langley, and their daughter, Lariah Langley, all of Mapleton; maternal grandmother, Sandra Espling of Ashland; maternal great-grandmother, Christine Grant of Brooks; paternal grandparents, Rose and Blake Buck of Portage Lake; paternal grandmother, Jackie Clark of Ashland; as well as many loving uncles, aunts and cousins. He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Ron Espling "Pappy"; maternal grandfather, Leroy Howes; paternal grandfather, Wilson Clark, both of whom Dustin was named after; all of whom he was close to. A celebration of Dustin's life will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at St. Mark's Church, Ashland. Visiting hours will be held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. with the ceremony beginning 1 p.m. and a reception afterward. We welcome anyone who would like to share a memory or bring a favorite dish for the reception. Dusti's death will have great meaning since tissue samples and his brain are being donated for research on NKH. Dustin will have an impact on science, something not many people get the honor of doing. His family would like to welcome any donations toward research in his memory. Checks can be made out to the CU Foundation with the mention: 02-21975 Nonketotic Hyperglycinemia Fund and sent to: Carrie John, UCHSC at Fitzsimons, Department of Pediatrics, Mail Stop 8313, P.O. Box 6511, Aurora, CO 80045. Funeral arrangements are a service of Stimson-Ouellette Funeral Home, 114 Exchange St., Ashland. To leave online condolences, please visit www.ouellettefuneralhome.com.
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Published in BDN Maine on March 31, 2012